SNAPSHOTS FROM ASPEN

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Members of the Mount Sinai panel included, from left, Ross L. Cagan, PhD, Director, Center for Personalized Cancer Therapeutics; Matthew Galsky, MD, Director of Genitourinary Medical Oncology; Joshua Brody, MD, Director, Lymphoma Immunotherapy Program; Steven J. Burakoff, MD, Director of The Tisch Cancer Institute; and Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mount Sinai Health System.

At the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival, a public gathering dedicated to the global exchange of ideas, faculty and staff from the Mount Sinai Health System provided attendees with complimentary skin cancer and heart health screenings, and participated in panel discussions on topics that included drug prices, living organ donations, gene-editing technologies, and ways to improve health care globally. The festival is presented by the Aspen Institute in partnership with The Atlantic magazine.

In a panel discussion on “Cancer Breakthroughs: The Promise of New Treatments,” specialists from the Mount Sinai Health System discussed significant advances being made in personalized vaccines and immunotherapies. The Tisch Cancer Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is involved in clinical trials that are exploring multiple approaches to immunotherapy, including intratumoral injections that are being used in combination with traditional treatments, such as surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Read more

Mount Sinai Queens Heralds a New Era of Community Health Care with Opening of Ambulatory Pavilion

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From left: Darren Fitzpatrick, MD; Ugo Ezenkwele, MD; Brian Radbill, MD, FACP; and Fernando C. Carnavali, MD, at the Mount Sinai Queens Ambulatory Pavilion

Against a backdrop of an evolving national health care system increasingly focused on preventive medicine, outpatient surgical procedures, and other efforts to keep people healthy and out of the hospital, Mount Sinai Queens has opened the doors to its new Ambulatory Pavilion, a $175 million facility that allows it to better serve the health needs of its community and significantly expands its medical and surgical capabilities.

Mount Sinai Queens is located in the heart of Astoria and serves the communities of Western Queens and beyond. With the addition of the Ambulatory Pavilion and continued expansion, it is positioning itself to care for more patients and extend its geographical reach throughout New York City’s largest borough. Read more

Medical Students Dared to Enter the Tank

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Joseph Mari, Susan Lerner, MD,; and Marc Napp, MD grill the medical students after hearing their patient safety and quality care improvement proposals.

InFocus 7 at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai culminated with third-year medical students participating in the School’s first Med Ed Tank—a series of student pitches modeled after the popular ABC television series “Shark Tank.” InFocus weeks are part of the School’s new MD Program curriculum, where students are immersed in innovative courses outside of the classroom to focus their training on research methods, global health, service learning, leadership, scientific innovation, and patient safety and quality care—the latter being the focus for InFocus 7. Read more

Mount Sinai Opens a Comprehensive Center For Transgender Medicine and Surgery

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From left: Barbara E. Warren, PsyD; Jess Ting, MD; Matt Baney; David L. Reich, MD; Pamela Abner, MPA; and Zil Garner Goldstein, FNP

The Mount Sinai Health System recently opened the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, one of the first centers of its kind in the United States to provide the transgender community with comprehensive primary, specialty, surgical, and behavioral health care services.

The Center serves a growing need to support patients in New York City through each stage of their journeys, from initial assessment and screening to hormonal therapy, surgery, and post-transition care, providing seamless access to affordable care. Gynecology, urology, endocrinology, social work, and nursing are among the specialties available at one location. Read more

Ambulatory Pavilion Planned for Mount Sinai St.Luke’s

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Artist’s rendering of the new ambulatory pavilion at Amsterdam Avenue and 114th Street

Renovation is set to begin this fall on a 17-floor ambulatory pavilion at Amsterdam Avenue and 114th Street that will serve as the anchor in a new master plan to transform Mount Sinai St. Luke’s outpatient care. The state-of-the-art facility will expand the hospital’s primary, preventive, and specialty care, and foster integration with all departments within the Mount Sinai Health System. Read more

A 100-Year Tradition of Philanthropy by the Mount Sinai Auxiliary Board

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Jennifer Price, left, President, The Mount Sinai Auxiliary Board, with Susan R. Bernstein, DSW

The Mount Sinai Auxiliary Board recently marked its 100th anniversary by awarding The Mount Sinai Hospital Department of Social Work Services a $300,000 grant to establish the Mount Sinai Partnership for Excellence in Social Work Practice in Health Care. The Partnership’s goal is to provide state-of-the-art education to social workers, ensuring the highest quality of services to patients and their families. Jennifer Price, Auxiliary Board President, noted, “This gift will transform social workers’ education for the evolving health care environment.” Susan R. Bernstein, DSW, Director, Social Work Services, and Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine, said, “The Auxiliary Board has partnered with us to provide care for patients and their families since its creation, and we are very grateful for its generosity.”

Transforming Health Care at Mount Sinai Downtown

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New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (NYEE) of Mount Sinai

As the nation’s emphasis on health care shifts from centralized hospitals that serve the sick to more proactive ways of keeping people healthy, and as more surgeries are safely handled in ambulatory settings, fewer hospitals will be needed.

This transformation is happening throughout New York City. A recent report by the New York Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), titled “One New York – Healthcare for Our Neighborhoods,” cited the closure of 19 city hospitals since 2003 and annual declines in the use of city hospital beds. The HHC report noted that New York City is increasingly moving toward a “system anchored by community-based preventive care.” Read more

A Paradigm Shift in Health Care Delivery

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An innovative program being run by the Mount Sinai Health System has shown that certain acute-care patients who choose to be treated at home rather than in a hospital are not only more satisfied with their care but also have lower medical costs and fewer medical complications.

These findings come amid the halfway point of a three-year plan that was launched by Mount Sinai in November 2014 after receiving a $9.6 million Health Care Innovation Award from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to create a unique “hospital at home” program.

Known as the Mobile Acute Care Team (MACT), the program illustrates Mount Sinai’s commitment to being on the cutting edge of the way medicine will be practiced and creating an innovative health care system for the future, one that emphasizes outpatient, ambulatory, and home-based care with remote monitoring capabilities. The award further highlights Mount Sinai’s role as a pioneer in developing a new clinical and financial reimbursement model for patients with acute illnesses. Read more

A New Vision of Mount Sinai Downtown

Inside CoverSweeping change in the practice of health care is leading to a transformation in the Mount Sinai Health System’s downtown footprint. A planned investment of more than $500 million will create the new “Mount Sinai Downtown,” an expanded and unified network of facilities—stretching from the East River to the Hudson River—that will provide highly skilled emergency care, urgent care, outpatient, inpatient, and ambulatory services to people living and working in New York City below 34th Street. Read more

Student Leads New York Forum on Dismantling Racism in Health Care

Neil Calman, MD, and Kamini Doobay

Neil Calman, MD, and Kamini Doobay

Kamini Doobay, a fourth-year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, played a key role in organizing a recent forum in New York City that featured renowned medical, public health, and academic leaders who convened to examine racial inequities that contribute to poorer health outcomes in communities of color.

The program, “Dismantling Racism in the NYC Health System: The Time is Now,” took place Saturday, March 12, at the CUNY Graduate Center and drew 200 participants. Ms. Doobay worked with Mount Sinai’s Department of Medical Education, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, and other entities to develop the day-long activities. Read more